Daily Summary for 3/21/2023

  Big Rig Steve found safe parking at 20:00 PDT as hours were running low for this trip. Yes BRS calculations determined best to save our hours for tomorrows travel. 

Title: Psychically impossible to complete 1:00 PDT delivery

  BRT broadcast day began 10:29PDT near Albany Oregon.BRT RC member Mark V new additions of Oregon road signs shields quickly populated the BRT overlay showing 99E and  34 as we worked our way back to I-5 southbound again for towards the shipper for this tight timetable trip. 

  Coburg OR  was first stop was trailer wash out 11:00 PDT. BRS checked in while BRT RC all ran Amok while waiting for Steve to return from check in. 

 TA next door was second stop for coffee and set refer trailer to-20 degrees at 12:10 PDT

 Arrived at shipper Eugene OR at 12:53 PDT Steve switched audio to stealth mode. Moved to dock at 13:00 PDT status bar changed to loading.

  Rolled out of shipper 14:50PDT tour of city as we found way back to I-5 southbound again for the beautiful ride.

  Central Point OR at 17:50 PDTwas next stop at the congested patience testing Pilot for fuel where Steve noted he had in a past stop at this location rode his Segway on the trail here.

  Road crew appeared to greet and meet Steve. Two Medallions were presented on camera in front of BC in the fuel line. 18:00 PDT Steve received 21/2 pounds whole bean Starbucks winter blend coffee. Whoo hoo! Thank you RC

 Steve discussed Pilot rewards as we left to resume on I-5 southbound. Yes the case of missing glasses also occurred.

 19:06 PDT welcome to California sign greeted us back short time later we stopped at pull off inspection area for the (investigation case ) for continue search for night time glasses. Yes Whoo hoo success. 

 Rolled through the California inspection station 19:16 PDT if you Watch back the stream you will find out why load is so light mass/weight. 

  Nearby Airport beacon at end of the day was flashing giving Snowman 24/7 camera (will be live overnight) a light to watch and restrooms were also right next to BC as day ended Steve was in a good spot for the night.

  Numbers for today 678 miles 1,091 kmto delivery currently appointment is 1:00PDT we cannot physically make that appointment time with current hours at California 55 mph. Steve has emailed bosses about current status. Steve advised Two options : A reschedule delivery or B Drop trailer at yard and re power trailer with another driver.  Yard is approximately 300 miles 482 km 6 hours travel away which is possible with current hours. We covered 295 miles 474 km today including trailer wash out and loading at shipper.

Clocks 4:21 hours on the 11 hr, 2:21 hours on 14 hr, 3:18 hours on 70 hr. Gain back tomorrow 7:17 hours. Leaving us at approximately 10 hours for tomorrows travel. 

  Road crew meet up today and yesterday BRS advised “ it’s all good “

 Watch tomorrow to see what happens do the bosses choose Option A or B will we run into icy road conditions will this light weight load affect our travel. Drama continues for Bigrigtravels.com 

Another good day for Big Rig Travels 

Welcome back to California 

Rac and I will be off the truck for next eight days. Most likely a daily summary will not be posted. 

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Daily Summary for 3/19/2023

Big Rig Steve officially done driving for the day at 15:28 MDT safely parked at 3,665 ft elevation in northern California. Watch party began with beautiful views of the snow covered mountain. 

Title: Cloudy wet day in sunny California?

Broadcast day started 9:28 PDT cloudy and damp conditions near Lathrop, California as Big Rig Steve rolled on to I-5 northbound. 

We stop at the pilot near French Camp, CA to visit the Cat scale to check mass/weight. Rolled out at 9:52 PDT after BRS adjusted trailer tandems to get legal, just barely. BRS advised “we are going to be heavy heavy going through the mountains”.

11:11 PDT BRS describes a story of an oversize load in Connecticut that was fined for going over a bridge with overweight oversized load. 

Stopped at Loves near Willams, CA fresh coffee at 11:57 PDT.

12:15 PDT fuel mileage was discussed at going 55-56 mph (vs 62 or 65 mph) and getting an excellent average of 9.7 miles per gallon currently.

Near Redding, CA rain was heavier affecting visibility. The reservoir’s water level was much better as Steve went across than the last time we crossed, Steve noted. 

We started increasing elevation and the BC was working hard. 

We arrived for a break at 15:28 PDT with a view of mountains as the sunshine broke out. After the microphone was unplugged static ceased instantly.  Seagulls were also hanging out here. BRS conducted a poll on whether to stay here or roll on north. Yep, we stayed with the view. 

Numbers 286 miles 460 km to go to delivery appointment which is not until 18:30 PDT tomorrow. He cannot deliver the live unload early. 293 miles 471km covered today including picking up the trailer load. Clocks: Hours on the 70 hour clock when we started today and hours gained back tomorrow: 18:08 hrs and 05:10 hrs 

No alarm clock tomorrow morning. Bigrigtravels.com Website 24/7 snowman cam will be live overnight. 

Another good day for Big Rig Travels.

Welcome to northern California

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Daily Summary for 3/20/2023

Big Rig Travels broadcast day ended as Blue Comet arrived safely at delivery 17:30 PDT.  Update 18:20 PDT, BRS reported receiver at delivery advised that 5000+ cases, it will be a 9 or 10 hour unload. No problem, we bobtailed to truck stop and will pick up the empty in the morning. 

Title: Show up early? Show up late?

BRT broadcast day began 9:12 PDT as beautiful sunshine morning was occurring at the Pilot near Weeds, CA, elevation 3,678 feet. 

We rolled back onto I-5 northbound, Steve advised yesterday we had 9.7 miles per gallon and after climbing mountains today, was down to 7 miles per gallon. 

BRS at 9:20 PDT had story about dispatch discussion. 

Near Grenada, CA 9:45 PDT at 2,533 feet elevation, BRS noted today was a beautiful ride. 

Yellow sign at 9:54 PDT noted when lights flashing chains required. BRS said, “No chains required today”

Welcome to Oregon sign greeted BRS at 10:26 PDT and elevation of 3,330 feet.

At 4,200 feet of elevation we reached the summit where BRS had the BC taking the required brake stop test before rolling down the seven miles of grade. The yellow advisory sign suggested 18 mph speed for fully loaded big trucks going down the grade. 

Steve advised we will let the super truckers race down. Safety first “we will be just fine going down safely”. BRS navigated BC down at just over 20 miles per hour without using the air brakes. Yes, the engine brake kept us correctly on the set speed. Steve said the Blue Comet service person had advised that brakes were still like new.  Yes Steve is professional at saving brake pad life. 

10:59 PDT mass/weight station stop no issues perfect weight on truck 33,800lbs and 34,000lbs on the trailer tandem. Yes that is why where running with very low fuel only 1/8 of tank in the truck tanks to keep us legal.

BRS advised at 11:52 PDT, near Grant Pass, that the BC reached 100,000 miles.

Steve rolled into the Loves at Roseburg, Oregon on fumes after the BC was on E coming down the hill. BRT Road Crew member John met while Steve was adding some fuel, just enough to get BC to delivery. Steve signed back of John’s t- shirt in front of the BC after fueling was completed. Steve received an In-N-Out burger t-shirt from John. Also, Steve noted while rolling out that John had checked, prior to our arrival, to make sure Loves had plenty of onions 🧅 ready for Steve to add to his hot dogs 🌭 . BRS noted 84 gallons left to get Gold status. Yes, we are past goal of Gold by 10th of the month. 

BRS exited off I-5 and Oregon 34 road sign shield (thank you Mark V ) appeared quickly due to a change that had been made. He found a place to wait for delivery check in time where a watch party 🎉 started. 

BRS did make an attempt for an early delivery, but was sent away for 2 hours. “Danged if you show up early, danged if you show up late.” Numbers zero miles 0 km  to delivery. We covered the advertised 285 miles to delivery today.  

Clocks: Hours on the 70 hour clock when we started today and hours gained back tomorrow: 16:13 hours and 04:47 hours. 

Steve advised the next trip is going to be a tight 2 day trip that delivers at 1 am on the 23rd. Starts tomorrow. Watch the website for status updates.

Another good day for Big Rig Travels!

Welcome to Oregon! 

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Daily Summary for 3/18/2023

Big Rig Steve arrived safely at receiver in Stockton, California 9:05 PDT, completed delivery for the trailer drop and ended the broadcast day.

Title: Another Day in the warmth of central California 

Broadcast started with the return of our tour guide Big Rig Steve 8:35 PDT from Sunny 😎 Lathrop, California with a short trip to Stockton, CA up I-5. 

BRS advised “Yes, we have a longer trip.” We are just not sure when it is going to be ready. 

The BC Truck service was an all day process yesterday and completed around 4:00 PDT, Steve noted.

First stop today was the Pilot to top of refer fuel tank. Steve described the Pilot/Flying J rewards program. Apparently they have improved the app and the rewards. 

Rolled back onto I-5 northbound until near French Camp, exited east on local roads towards the destination. BRS had advised that currently freight is very limited.

As always have patience, Steve has everything under control. 

Numbers covered 12 miles 19 km today including delivery.  70 hours clock was updated on the website  13:54 hrs and gain back 07:59 hrs tomorrow. No need for reset as hours will continue to come back each day. 

Another good day for Big Rig Travels. 

Enjoy another day of sunshine in California. 

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